Demand Justice for 3 Dogs shot at Paradise Cove Camping Resort, Missouri

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Demand Justice for 3 Dogs shot at Paradise Cove Camping Resort, Missouri

The following is a story from the Monett Times:

An Eagle Rock woman is speaking out on behalf of her family, which is in mourning after their three labradors were allegedly shot to death and mutilated while playing in Table Rock Lake about half a mile from their home.

Dani Johnson, of Eagle Rock, said her two black labs, Gus, 7, and Tug, 11 months, as well as her yellow lab, Kaycee, 3, were shot to death last week, and she is looking for answers.

“We let them out [on March 13] and they didn’t come back,” she said. “I was up all night calling for them but could not find them. I called the vet office here, and no more than five minutes later, I got a phone call from a person with a really callous voice saying he heard I had called about the dogs. I was happy and thought he’d found them, but the next thing he said was, ‘I just called to let you know that your dogs were shot to death and will not be coming home tonight.'”

Johnson said her husband and his brother went to the vet clinic and were directed to the Paradise Cove Camping Resort.

“They went and knocked on the door there but no one answered, so they went to some neighbors and started asking about the dogs,” Johnson said. “A nice couple answered and immediately cried, realizing we were their owners. They told us how beautiful, healthy, friendly and happy they were and how much they’d enjoyed watching them play. They were kind people, and they were horrified. The neighbors said they were watching the labs playing in the lake when a lady drove a golf cart down to them and began shooting them.

“She didn’t kill them, and the dogs were tortured. They were deliberately doing gut shots, and the people who saw it said they shot Gus repeatedly in his private parts.”

Johnson said the witnesses went down to help the dogs, and even in pain, they were licking the witnesses’ hands as they died.

“The dogs had been dragged into a pile and all of their collars had been cut off,” Johnson said. “My husband and brother-in-law brought them home so we could give them a proper burial.”

Johnson said she made a report with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office and said she was initially brushed off, told nothing could be done since the dogs were on the shooters’ property.

“But, after this social media response, I got a call and a detective wants to come talk to us and file a report,” Johnson said Monday afternoon. “Apparently, the people are saying they felt threatened by our dogs and they were going after their cat, but that’s ridiculous because they’ve been around cats before and are kind. Even the UPS driver loves our dogs.”

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office confirmed there is an active investigation into the allegations.

Johnson had a public Facebook post receive more than 2,000 shares before Facebook took the post down. Another post by one of Johnson’s family members had more than 500 shares on Monday.

The post has gained national attention, as evidenced by reviews left for Paradise Cove Camping Resort on websites like google.com, placedigger.com, yelp.com and rvparking.com. Comments have come from as far away as California and Montreal, Canada. Someone has also vandalized one of the business’ signs, painting “dog killers” in red lettering.

A couple people have also left positive remarks on google.com, calling the business owners godly people, sharing stories of how the owners had helped them in the past and calling for a stop to the harassment of the owners.

“The response has been amazing,” Johnson said. “If I could physically hug everyone who shared the post or left comments supporting us, I would. I want to tell everyone thank you, and I want to use the power of social media to call for more stringent animal cruelty laws.

“Even if you have livestock and a dog comes on your property, most people would shoot in the air to scare it off, not gutshot, torture and mutilate its genitals for the fun of it. There are so many animal lovers out there, and I hope this doesn’t happen to any dog ever again.

Two calls for comment were placed to Paradise Cove Camping Resort. The first resulted in a busy signal, and the second rang through, but no one answered.

The following are Excerpts from comments found on Facebook:

My mothers 3 labs were out playing and wandered over to the shore line close to their land, Marsha Perkins shot them all. 10 or more gunshots, they removed their collars and piled them on a hill in the middle of a field. These 3 dogs were very docile house pets and so loved. They had no idea about evil people, and would have trusted anyone, they had only known love. Please share to get the word out about these evil people.

Update on Facebook from Dani Johnson:
This is a heartbreaking update regarding three Labs that went missing a few days ago. I have names, witnesses and proof as a reward to other dog owners

Tuesday morning three of our Labs disappeared. I called the local Vet to report them missing.

Not 5 minutes later I get a call, from a gruff, angry man who said, “I heard you called the vet looking for your dogs. I’m just calling to tell you they’re all dead. They were all shot and won’t be coming home tonight.”

I was shocked, in tears begging for more explanation. Praying it was a cruel joke.

He repeated himself. Same words, even more cruel. We were in shock just heartbroken.

As the day wore on we learned from some kind neighbors who had seen what had happened.

Our babies decided they wanted to go swimming nearby in the lake.

A couple owns property that backs up to the lake,

They spotted our babies from game cameras. The woman went down to the lake on her golf cart and coerced them toward her then she brutally shot them. She shot repeatedly, killing one and sending the other two running for cover in the woods. Those babies suffered and finally died. A kind neighbor witnessed it all. They were in tears and called the local Vet to make certain they weren’t suffering.

Shortly afterward I called the Vet to report them missing. He was quite upset and gave me the name of the people and their business. The evil people

My husband and his brother went to his place because they wanted to see with their own eyes if it was our dogs. No one was there. My husband went next door and met a nice couple who both broke out crying when they found out they were our dogs. They said they were the sweetest, gentle dogs. They’d enjoyed watching them play in the water Even later, injured, they were gentle.

When my husband asked if they knew where our dogs were. The man cried and led them to a dirt pile where our babies were thrown. Brutally shot many times. Their orange collars had all been removed.

My husband and his brother, picked up these sweet babies and brought them home.

I called the sheriff and they told me there’s nothing they can do.

I hope there’s SOMETHING I can do

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Please sign this petition to demand justice for Gus, Tug, and Kaycee.

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Petition: Don’t Use Dogs and Cats in Pet Food!

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by: Laura G
target: Ohio General Assembly Members

40,297 SUPPORTERS
45,000 GOAL

Many pet owners were alarmed when a recent news report found traces of the euthanization drug pentobarbital in several popular dog food brands, prompting a major recall.

How did pentobarbital end up in pet food? It can happen when the carcasses of euthanized animals are rendered into ingredients. Those animals may even include dogs and cats that are picked up by rendering companies from animal shelters.

Since federal standards for pet food are not effectively enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it’s generally up to individual states to regulate what’s in these products.

Ohio may set a precedent by becoming the first state to ban the use of rendered dogs and cats as ingredients in pet food. Like other states, Ohio law doesn’t consider euthanized animals fit for human consumption, yet it currently allows those animals to be sold to pet food manufacturers.

To stop this, State Representative Laura Lanese has introduced House Bill 560, which would ban the remains of dogs and cats from being used in pet food. It would also prohibit pet food from containing the remains of any animals that were euthanized by the injection of drugs.

Please sign and share this petition asking Ohio lawmakers to set an example for the rest of the country by passing HB 560 and stopping the state’s dogs and cats from being used in pet food.
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Urgent – Petition Update: Save Elephants and Lions

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petition: Save Elephants and Lions

by: Care2 Team
target: US Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)

616,201 SUPPORTERS

620,000 GOAL

Urgent update: Trump just announced that the Fish and Wildlife Service will now allow “trophy” imports of dead elephants and lions on a “case-by-case” basis. This is completely unacceptable. Please sign and share to protect animals and keep the total ban on this cruelty!

President Trump just opened the door to expanded sport hunting of some of the world’s most beloved — and imperiled — animals: Africa’s elephants and lions. We need your signature today to help stop him.

Near the turn of the 20th century, Africa was home to between three and five million elephants. Now less than half a million remain. Africa’s lions have seen similar declines, with lion numbers declining by 42 percent in just the last 20 years.

To save these iconic animals from extinction, the Obama administration banned the importation of elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe and made importing lion pelts and other trophies more difficult.

Now President Trump — whose sons have boasted publicly of killing rare animals in Africa — has reversed this animal-saving ban.

This reversal will almost inevitably increase poaching of these rare animals. According to Jeffrey Flocken of the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

“When a species’ greatest value is as a dead trophy, its days will inevitably be numbered, just as they are when the value of their parts — like ivory tusks, tiger skins, or rhino horn — make protection from poachers nearly impossible.”

The move is also squarely at odds with public opinion in the US. 82% of Americans surveyed support banning lion trophies, and 83% support banning elephant trophies.

That’s why Care2 is calling on Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, one of the most stalwart animal defenders in Congress, to introduce legislation to reverse the Trump administration’s trophy import decision as soon as possible.

By adding your name today you’ll show Congressman Grijalva that conservation-minded people around the world reject sport hunting of our imperiled species. And you’ll provide the public support we’ll need to restore vital protections for whales and lions.

Speak up now for elephants and lions. Please sign the petition now to stop all new imports of elephant and lion trophies.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/793/851/746/save-elephants-and-lions-stop-trump%E2%80%99s-trophy-hunting-plan/?TAP=1724

Update #218 days ago

Bad news! Trump just announced that the Fish and Wildlife Service will evaluate imported dead elephants on a ‘case-by-case’ basis. But we need a total ban! Please share, together we can be heard.

Four Animal Welfare Groups Sue Trump Administration After Approving Elephant & Lion Trophy Imports Behind Closed Doors – World Animal News

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By Lauren Lewis –
March 23, 2018

Four conservation and animal-protection groups sued the Trump administration earlier this week over its secretive new policy of approving elephant and lion trophy imports behind closed doors.
The new lawsuit targets a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision, outlined in a March 1st memo, to shut the public and scientists out of the process for evaluating the impacts of trophy hunting of elephants, lions and other threatened and endangered species in Africa.
The Center for Biological Diversity, the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, Ian Michler and Born Free USA filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
A federal court ruled in December that the administration needed to involve the public in trophy import decisions. Instead of complying, Interior Department officials adopted a case-by-case permitting approach that fails to comprehensively consider trophy hunting impacts and severely decreases transparency. The day after quietly finalizing its new approach, the administration announced the first meeting of a pro-trophy hunting council convened to advise Fish and Wildlife on increasing trophy hunting of foreign species.
“Despite ample scientific and economic concerns and tremendous public outcry over trophy hunting, this administration seems determined to allow Safari Club International and other special interests to unduly influence federal wildlife policy decisions,” said Anna Frostic, managing wildlife attorney with The Humane Society of the United States.
The memo rescinds numerous prior rules on trophy imports, wiping the slate clean of longstanding decisions pertaining to imports of trophies from elephants, lions, and bontebok, a type of antelope. However, the service has signaled that it still intends to rely on the bad science contained in its prior authorizations to import wild animal trophies.
“Elephants shouldn’t be killed for cheap thrills, and the Trump administration shouldn’t make crucial trophy hunting decisions behind closed doors,” said Tanya Sanerib, international program legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Federal wildlife officials seem to be thumbing their nose at President Trump after he called for an end to the horror show of trophy hunting.”
This challenging the March 1st memo is being added to a pending court case contesting the administration’s decision last November to lift an import ban on Zimbabwe elephant trophy imports, as well as a decision allowing imports of lion trophies from Zimbabwe to the United States.
Polls show that a vast majority of Americans have already expressed their opposition to killing elephants and lions for fun and importing their body parts, but continued public pressure is needed to keep this issue in the spotlight, and to stop a small special interest group from being allowed to perpetuate the threats against these species.

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